LOL, the same thing happened to me. I was so happy the carton arrived in perfect condition I figured I wouldn't have any problems. The damn ash pan just didn't want to lay right and I thought maybe the legs were off. I finally just bent the tabs also.
Where did you get your Weber for 199.00? I live in Buffalo and just order one online for 239.00. That was the best price I could find. I am eager to try it out in the cold. i have a chargriller with sfb and it does nothing in the cold. I am going through bbq withdrawal.